Comparative Literature 110: Hong Kong Cinema UC Davis, Fall 2012

Films screened in class in entirety:
Dragon Gate Inn (Dir. King Hu, 1967)
Fist of Fury (Dir. Lo Wei, starring Bruce Lee, 1972)
Rumble in the Bronx (Dir. Stanley Tong, starring Jackie Chan, 1995)
A Better Tomorrow (Dir. John Woo, starring Chow Yun-fat, 1986)
Infernal Affairs (Dir. Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, 2002)
Note: DVDs of the above films are on reserve in Shields Library. They are available for 2-hour loan. You
can watch them in the library.
Additional list (film clips shown in class):
One-Armed Swordsman (Dir. Chang Cheh, 1967)
Enter the Dragon (Dir. Robert Clouse, starring Bruce Lee, 1972)
Once upon a Time in China (Dir. Tsui Hark, starring Jet Li, 1991)
Drunken Master (Dir. Yuen Woo-ping, starring Jackie Chan, 1978)
Supercop (Dir. Stanley Tong, starring Jackie Chan, 1992)
Wing Chun (Dir. Yuen Woo-ping, starring Michelle Yeoh, 1994)
The Killer (Dir. John Woo, starring Chow Yun-fat, 1989)
Ip Man (Dir. Wilson Yip, starring Donnie Yen, 2008)
Ip Man 2 (Dir. Wilson Yip, starring Donnie Yen, 2010)
Choose and focus on three films from the above lists. Discuss and compare the generic characteristics and
historical evolution of Hong Kong martial arts, action, and/or gangster/crime-thriller films in terms of
theme, plot, and/or style. The minimum length of the paper should be 5 full pages, double-space, font size
12 (preferred script: Times New Roman). If you wish to choose any film from outside the above lists, please
let me know first. You should not write about the films of one particular star only.
Avoid simple generalization. Please refer to specific elements and details of the films. You might wish to
consider such formal and stylistic features: characters, scenes, choreography, camera work (shots, editing),
lighting, sound, music, and pacing (rhythm). You may consult assigned reading materials, or do some
additional research outside the class. Please always acknowledge your sources. Do not use the words and  ideas of a publication or online source without appropriate citations.
The course partially fulfills your writing requirement. You writing is expected to reflect college-level  competence and in form and content. Both what you write and how you write will be evaluated. Relevant  aspects of writing will be looked at as usual: coherence, organization, argument, elegance, grammar,
spelling, punctuation, and so on.